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Lead flashing questions ?

November 12, 2017, 7:35 pm

Hi I have a single storey extension being built . The roof has been built and the angles and measurements as per plans . We have tiled the roof and tiles are really close to upvc windows . As per the... Read more »

What to replace side of garage with

October 29, 2017, 4:07 am

I am having to replace the siding to the side of my detached garage. I was wondering if instead of using siding if I could us flat plastic roofing? If yes how should I attach it? Thanks for your hel... Read more »

I'm trying to make the heaviest and slim canopy weight to weigh down a 10' ...

August 11, 2017, 5:45 pm

I'm trying to make the heaviest and slim canopy weight to weigh down a 10' x 10' tent. Any ideas? Read more »

Fresh air system HRV & ERV

June 28, 2017, 2:51 am

Hi there, This is Victina who dealing with the HRV & ERV. Many houses choose the ventilation system now. Have you use one? Kindly like to listen your opinions about this. Victina Read more »

Using 2" schedule 40 pipe as support for basketball backboard and hoop

June 8, 2017, 4:31 am

I wish to put up a basketball hoop, using 2 schedule 40 pipe. Is this pipe sufficient from a strength perspective. I would cement it 4' below ground. Read more »

1000 sq ft out building with basement

May 22, 2017, 8:02 pm

Looking to build around a 1000 sq ft building just open layout but would want electricity to it. Also 9-11ft basement. (Shelter) what are the options out there can i go polebarn route? Or what wo... Read more »

apartment units VS parking spaces, question

May 1, 2017, 12:55 pm

I'm just curious, is anyone on here familiar with the local codes in their city as to how many parking spaces the city/township/municipality requires per unit in an apartment building? In the smal... Read more »

Form material for interior topping slab

April 28, 2017, 1:03 pm

Placing a ~3.5 topping slab to elevate a garage floor up to the house's sl ab grade on a remodel. We cut 6 wide strips of 1/8 Masonite to act as a perimeter form to set our screed lines. Wall stu... Read more »

Dropped a screwdriver down the toilet drain

April 22, 2017, 9:44 pm

I drop a screwdriver down a toilet drain. The drain is cast iron and straight down about 8 ft and then does a 90. The driver is laying at the 90 and I can just see the handle but none of the metal pa... Read more »

Reinforcing 2x6 attic joists above 2nd for conversion to 3rd floor living s...

April 22, 2017, 5:43 am

Seeing if anyone can help, I just bought a house built in 1908. Half of the attic was a finished with plastered and deteriorated over the years due to a leaky roof, the other half of the attic wa... Read more »

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Steel I Beams

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Does anyone know what a 8 inch I beam weighs per foot? How far will one span un supported. We are looking at a spanning 40 foot in 2 sections with poured post / piller in the middle for support. 2 X ... Read more »

How do you maximize space with a gambrel roof?

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For any who might be able to offer some advice... I'm interested in framing a gambrel roof on a building 28' wide, and am trying to avoid the constriction of space. In all the reading I have done, ... Read more »

One man's answer to stonehenge - KISS it!

rating: 5 This man demonstrates one possible way how stonehenge could have been built. Use the KISS method. Keep it simple stupid. Read more »

Connecting footer rebar with slab rebar

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Hi.I have a question about how rebar is supposed to connect in a monolithic slab.I want to put down a 16 grid of #4 rebar in the slab and connect it to a 18wide x 24 deep footer.Is there a diagram of... Read more »

Wood Floor Trusses

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I am looking at the probability of building a house soon using a wood floor truss system rather than a concrete slab. I've been looking at dozens of web sites for manufacturers and the one big thing ... Read more »

Adding bacteria to the septic tank

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How does one know if its suitable and appropriate to use additive type bacteria to the septic tank via the drain system from the house? I started the septic bacteria with 2 large cans of yeast per ... Read more »

Garage Mezzanine 2x8 vs 2x10 over 12'

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Hi I want to build a mezzanine in my garage and I the span is 12 feet wide by 10 feet long and I would like to know what would be better to put 2x8 or 2x10 at every 16 or 12 inch apart. I'm asking be... Read more »

Ceiling, Strapping before/after vapor barrier

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Hi, I live in Quebec, Canada. I have seen that usually, the vaport barrier is installed first and then the strapping. However, somebody was telling me that the strapping could be installed first, the... Read more »

I'm trying to make the heaviest and slim canopy weight to weigh down a 10' ...

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I'm trying to make the heaviest and slim canopy weight to weigh down a 10' x 10' tent. Any ideas? Read more »

ideas for leveling floor

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A freind asked me ideas on how he could level his floor. My feinds kitchen is in the korner of his house, and that corner of the house has settled... so now the floor is unlevel I talked to him about... Read more » is a website for homeowners and building and maintenance pros. It is not affiliated with any of the manufacturers or service providers discussed here. All logos and trade names are the property of their respective owners.